Nov. 3, 2020 – Election Day! A year ago, I was sure that Democrats would be entirely focused on beating President Donald Trump. I naïvely believed that policy divisions within the party would be subsumed by that single shared goal, and that the party would by now have united...
How many governments are there in the Pikes Peak region? That’s a simple question, for which there are multiple answers. You start with the feds, work your way down to counties and cities, then school districts — and then? Keep going — you’ll find yourself stuck in a morass of...
We who live in the Pikes Peak region well understand that sports and business are often intertwined — just look at our city’s Olympic branding, the soon-to-open Olympic Museum, and the multiple sports organizations headquartered here. In considering the economic impact of outdoor sports in Colorado, I remember Bernard...
The Pikeview quarry, AKA the scar on the mountain, has been in more or less continuous operation since 1905. When it opened, it was miles away from the quiet residential areas of Colorado Springs, and virtually invisible from the city. Noise, dust, bare rocky terrain … so what? Quarries...
Democrats locally and nationally pretend to be united in a single paramount goal: Beat President Trump in 2020! That makes sense, particularly if you regard the tweeter-in-chief as an existential threat; a man capable of destroying the very foundations of our cherished republic. Were I an ardent Democrat, I’d sacrifice...
Minneapolis-based Artspace may soon begin construction of an affordable live/work complex for artists on a roughly 1-acre site at 315 E. Costilla. The existing building, which once housed the Gill Center for Public Media, has been acquired for $1.8 million by the Colorado Springs Downtown Development Authority (managed by...
Here are questions that small business owners must deal with just to survive, stay in business and grow. What’s coming in today, and what’s going out? What’s the rest of the week/month/year look like? How do we need to change? Does our plan for the future make sense? Do we...
Writing in The New York Times last Sunday, economist Austan Goolsbee warned that “sharp cuts in immigration threaten U.S. economy.” That’s true, he explained, for two reasons. “The first reason is the simplest,” he wrote. “The growth rate of the economy comes from two parts; income growth per capita and...
If I’m still around in November 2020 I’ll celebrate my 80th birthday, which will also be the anniversary of the arrival of my forebears in America. Like many immigrants, they didn’t know much about the country they were bound for. They loved their homeland, but war, crime, religious clashes and...
The Denver Art Museum will open “Claude Monet: the Truth of Nature” on Oct. 21. Co-created by the DAM and the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany, Denver will be only American museum to host the show. It will be, according to the DAM, “The most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two […]
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Mean dogs never let go of a bone, just as former politicians never let go of an unresolved issue. Leaving city council in 1997, one unresolved item led my “to do” list as a private citizen; a new Summit House for Pikes Peak. So I got to work, going...
Who was the greatest American? A generation ago, a typical shortlist might have included Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson, both Roosevelts, Martin Luther King Jr. and Jane Addams. Five white guys, one black guy and one woman. In today’s fractured and fragmented country, such shortlists have disappeared. By many, the Founding Fathers...